If you believe that your placement does not accurately reflect your ability level, you may take a test-out exam for the general engineering course that you have been placed into.

As you register for classes you will need to sign up for the course corresponding to our placement level. However, if you take and pass the test-out exam for that course, you will be moved into the next highest course.

When deciding whether or not to take a test-out exam, please keep in mind that “testing out” of a course means that you can demonstrate mastery and recall of the skills that are learned in that course. Simply passing a class in high school should never be considered a guarantee that you will not need to retake that class in college. Your performance on any placement or test-out exam is meant to serve as a measure of what you learned and can remember from your high-school coursework. If you are attempting a test-out exam for a course you are currently registered in you must complete the test-out exam by the fifth day of class.

Test-out exams will consist of a final exam for the course and an appropriate lab test where necessary.


To register for a general engineering test-out exam, contact Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner or generalengineering@uwplatt.edu. Please provide your name, email, phone number, and the course you would like to test-out of.

Please bring a pencil with eraser, calculator, a current photo ID, and cash or check made out to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the appropriate fee.

Test-Out Exam Fees

A $20 per credit test-out fee will need to be paid before you will be allowed to take the test-out exam. Cash or check payments can be paid on the day of the exam, before it begins. You will not be allowed to take the exam until the fee is paid.

General Engineering Test-Out Policies

  • You may not take a test-out exam for a UW-Platteville course in which you have already been assigned a grade. However, you are still eligible to take a test-out exam for a course from which you have withdrawn.
  • You will earn credit for a course if you score 70% or better on the test-out exam for that course.
  • A test-out exam can only be completed once.
  • Guidelines related to test-out exams are in the university undergraduate catalog.